John Deere launches next generation of construction simulators
John Deere is rolling out new construction simulators – further bridging the gap between the classroom and jobsite. The modular update outfits the new John Deere simulators to one of six machine types: backhoe, crawler dozer, excavator, wheel loader, joystick-controlled motor grader and fingertip control motor grader. “The next generation of John Deere simulators builds on a state-of-the-art technology that teaches machine controls, hand-eye coordination, safe operation, and operator technique,” said Jon Goodney, manager learning technology, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “Simulators offer cost-effective and efficient operator training in a risk-free environment, while avoiding wear and tear on the equipment. It’s a win-win for organizations looking to get the next generation of operators ready for the jobsite.” Based on actual John Deere equipment, the updated simulators feature swappable controls that allow for quick interchange of joysticks and foot pedals to multiple machine types. The state-of-the-art software boasts highly detailed, realistic virtual environments designed to cover basic and advanced operator duties through multiple jobsite tasks. A performance function provides metrics to measure student progress, helping build proficiency and confidence.
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The updated backhoe, excavator, and motor grader simulators are available this spring, while the crawler dozer and wheel loader will be available in the summer. The new simulators can be coupled with the free online training available through John Deere University, offering a well-rounded operator training package.
Serious Labs Serious:XR collaborative worksite platform
The new Extended Reality (XR) collaborative worksite platform is designed to train and assess remote workers for plant, industrial and other types of worksite operations. The Serious:XR platform allows trainees to conduct practical and emergency operations in a safe environment, while building and assessing employee safety, efficiency and proficiency. “Safety and competency are crucial for any worksite, but logistics, time and resources often make training a challenge,” said Wade Carson, Director of Business Development, Serious Labs. “Collaborative VR training overcomes the obstacles of assessing practical, hands-on experience for today’s global workforce.” The XR platform allows multiple users to collaborate remotely from anywhere in the world with other team members, trainers and subject matter experts in a simulated virtual environment. By using a VR kit which includes a corded headset, gaming laptop and internet connection, the user is immersed in a virtual world. “Serious:XR removes physical boundaries,” said Carson. “It doesn’t matter if you are in Milan or Minsk, you can be in the same digital environment and collaborate in a shared virtual workspace.”
Above: John Deere offers a new generation of simulators for a range of equipment. Below: Serious:XR is a collaborative worksite platform that can train and assess workers for a variety of jobsite operations. Serious Labs’ extensive team of VR designers have created customizable modelled environment training modules for jobsites in a variety of industries including construction, energy, plant facilities and utilities. Trainees and instructors can communicate, interact and certify in the collaborative VR environment. Experiential learning has been shown to lead to greater comprehension and retention, and the safe training environment allows the user to learn from mistakes without risk of injury or damage. “The environment is so real looking that you forget it isn’t real,” said Carson. “Because you can immerse yourself that way, the virtual platform offers directly transferrable practical experience. In essence, you learn by doing.” The Serious: XR platform will be available globally in Q4 2019.